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Victoria Falls FAQs
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About 75% of the Falls lie in Zimbabwe, and is therefore best seen from the Zimbabwean side, with a variety of 16 viewpoints in the rainforest. In addition – the Falls NEVER dry up in Zimbabwe. Even at the height of the dry season, the Main Falls and Devils cataract will still have impressive water flow. During the dry months (October and November) the Falls on the Zambian side dry up completely.
For more specific information regarding whether or not a visa to travel to Zimbabwe is required – kindly see http://www.experiencezimbabwe.com/guide/visa-requirements
Next would be Livingstone International Airport (Zambia), which is approximately 50 minutes by road transfer (subject to Zambian and Zimbabwean customs clearance)
A passport and current drivers license is all that is required.
Yes. Transfers from/to both Victoria Falls and Livingstone International Airports upon arrival and departure – as well as the option to travel into the town of Victoria Falls – are offered daily. The aforementioned airport transfers and optional trips into town, which typically depart at 10h00 and returning to the Lodge at 15h00, are included in the accommodation rate.
Management is also be more than happy to assist with the arrangement of any additional transfers that may be required.
We recommend a minimum period of two to three nights – as we have found that it is often just not possible to comfortably fit in all the wonderful activities that the Lodge and Victoria Falls area in general has to offer. The maximum length is completely up to you.
The town of Victoria Falls falls within the Matabeleland North Province, therefore Ndebele is the predominant language in the region. This area is however, also a Tonga stronghold. The Tonga people range from near Hwange, down along the River to Binga (top end of Lake Kariba). The Tonga culture is deeply rooted in the local ethos, with carvings & pendants of Nyaminyami (the Tonga deity, their river god) widely available in the area.
Although the tribes that are native to the area are the Ndebele and Tonga, Shona is also spoken by many of the people. This is probably mostly due to people in the tourism industry migrating to the area. The other fairly prominent tribe or language from this area is Nambya; a people found predominantly in the Hwange area that has also spread up to The Falls.
Across the River, on the Zambian side, are the Lozi and the Toka Leya people.
While on Safari in Zimbabwe, it is recommended that clothing in neutral colours such as browns, khaki, stone or beige be worn. Such colours are less noticable when out and about in the bush and this could potentially enable your party to get closer to the wild animals you may want to see. It is advisable to layer your clothing as this not only provides more warmth, when required, but also allows you to remove clothing items during the hottest period of the day. For more information – please see our Weather Guide + Pack List
The Zimbabwean climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, which also includes a short cool season, during the period May to September. During these months the country as a whole receives very little rain. The rainy season typically experiences heavy rainfalls between November and March and the foliage is dense, green and lush.
Yes. The water at Victoria Falls River Lodge is perfectly safe to drink.
Zimbabwe does not change its clocks during the year, and there are no regional variations within the country. Zimbabwe Standard Time is (+2) Greenwich Mean (or Universal Standard) Time, (+1) Central European Winter Time, and (+7) USA’s Eastern Standard Winter Time. Time Zone: CAT (Central Africa Time).
|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|18 April||Independence Day|
|25 May||Africa Day|
|2 July||The Public Women’s Day and Children’s Day|
|Second Monday in August||Heroes’ Day|
|Second Tuesday in August||Armed Forces Day|
|18-23 Dec||Unity week|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Boxing Day|
|27-31 December||Shangani week|
Zimbabwe has a warm sunny climate and everyone should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever out of doors during the day; particularly between 10am and 2pm, regardless of whether there is cloud cover or not.